Friday 3rd June 2022 7.30pm / Main House


by Ed Waugh


Hadaway Harry is a true story about Harry Clasper, the man the Blaydon Races was written for, and the greatest sporting superstar the North East has ever seen. This is a moving and humorous story about his life in the mid 19th Century, following his journey from working class pitman in Jarrow, to Rowing Champion of the World.

In the mid 1800s rowing was more popular than football is today. Rowers could win up to £300 per race, which is the equivalent of approximately £36,000 today. When Harry Clasper died, 150,000 people lined the streets of Newcastle to pay their respects at his funeral.

This is a one man show, starring actor Jamie Brown, who won “Performing Artist of the Year” for his role as Hadaway Harry in 2016, and now returns to the part for the third time

Performance Dates and Times

Friday 3rd June 2022 7.30pm

Full Price: £16.00 (Premier seating available for an additional £1.00 per ticket)

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

Cast & Creatives

Hadaway Harry opened at the North East Maritime Trust boat house in 2015, and continued on a small scale North East tour. It then returned due to popular demand in 2017, but this time it travelled down to the Capital. Three performances took place at London Rowing Club in Putney, where it received standing ovations. Hadaway Harry then travelled back up to home turf and played three more performances at Theatre Royal, Newcastle.


Performer & Director: Jamie Brown

Writer: Ed Waugh

Set Design: Alison Ashton

Costume Design: Alison Stringer

Puppet Design: Alison McGowan

Sound Design: Sophie Teasdale

Lighting Design: Richard Flood

Producers: Von Fox Promotions

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at McKenna’s or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, a specialist gin list and cocktails.

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